Copyright

IPRS tries to derail enquiry into its affairs, loses battle in Bombay High Court


The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) continues on its litigation streak by challenging government orders and bothering parties with impunity (last heard, IPRS was demanding hefty royalties from the Indian railways). This time though IPRS was at the receiving end, when the Bombay High Court  rejected IPRS’ challenge to an enquiry instituted by the Department of Higher Education, Copyright Office into its allegedly dishonest practices. Not only did IPRS file writ petitions to quash the order instituting the enquiry, but also…


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Patent

Ericsson v. Intex, part II – The Perils and Pitfalls of Software Patenting


The first part of this post looked at the Ericsson v. Intex judgment as a whole, while this second part is looking at the specific potential influence it can have on the issue of Software Patents in India. We have addressed the issue of software patenting, in India and beyond, on multiple occasions – specifically, here, here, here and here. The Indian position has been quite ambiguous for a very long time – or rather, as Prof Shamnad Basheer puts…


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Data exclusivity back on the table for India


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D.G. Shah, Secretary General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance sends us news that will be of interest to many of our readers. He says, “… Government plans to introduce a Pesticides (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament during the current session. The Bill has a provision that not only makes India’s Intellectual Property (IP) regime TRIPS Plus but would also eliminate competition and create legal monopoly for agro-chemicals and pesticides making them unaffordable to small farmers. The Bill proposes to introduce…


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Comparative Advertising ― Havells v. Eveready: Who’s the brightest of them all?


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As is known, every product has different features/characteristics and advertisers like to highlight only the most advantageous features and consequently remain silent on the weaker aspects of their products. In this regard, the main issue in Havells v. Amritanshu was whether or not an advertisement which compares one product with a similar rival product must necessarily compare all its features in order for it to be an ‘honest’ advertisement. The Delhi High Court held that failure to compare all the…


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New Wikileaks of TPP Investment chapter


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Earlier this morning, Wikileaks put out a draft Investment chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, dated 20th January, 2015. To quote Julian Assange on this: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states. This system is a challenge to parliamentary and judicial sovereignty. Similar tribunals have already been shown to chill the adoption of sane environmental protection, public health and public transport policies.” We’ve previously written about the leaked IP chapter…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit – Facebook Denied Patent for Crawler in India


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According to the Financial Express, Facebook’s patent application for its Crawler, filed in 2007, has been denied by the Indian Patent Office, as the ‘inventive step’ requirement had not been met. The algorithm was not originally designed by Facebook, but was assigned to Facebook from Truveo Inc., a search engine for internet videos, which had originally filed for the patent. A crawler is an algorithm-based software/automated script which scours all the websites online that it can reach for data –…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Supreme court stays Delhi High court injunction restraining Glenmark


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In a rather interesting turn of events the Supreme Court bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and          NV Ramana have stayed the Delhi High court order restraining Glenmark from selling Sitagliptin. We had analyzed the Delhi High court injunction order restraining Glenmark in detail over here. According to livemint, Merck, resisted the stay of the high court order. However the apex court said that since there had been no stay for a long time, a few more…


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Copyright

Kindling embers or scorching the earth? Amazon’s foray into crowd-assisted publishing [Part I]


Earlier this month, Amazon opened its new Kindle Write On service to the public. Write On is a platform in which authors can release manuscripts to the public for free, and get feedback from the crowd on their work. The model is similar to the more established WattPad, and is seen as its direct competitor. The fact that Amazon is entering the self-publication arena is an interesting development, but it pales in significance when you realise what else the company…


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Kindling embers or scorching the earth? Amazon’s foray into crowd-assisted publishing [Part II]


In my previous post, I discussed the impact of two new services launched by Amazon – Write On and Scout – on the content market in general, and readers in particular. Here, I take a look at what these services mean for authors. The Write On Terms of Use are fairly straightforward, and clearly states that users do not, by posting content on the platform, transfer the intellectual property in their works to Amazon. Instead, they are assumed to grant…


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India puts Draft Model Bilateral Investment Treaty up for comments


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MyGov.in, the government’s online platform for ‘Citizen Participation towards Good Governance’, has a Draft Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) text that is up for comments till 5pm, April 10th 2015. The platform has in fact made it very easy to comment by providing a comment box type feature not too different from most websites’ comments feature. You can find the text as well as the place to comment at this link here. I’ve just skimmed through the text so…


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